Measure meaning

mĕzhər
A measure is defined as a course of action, or a legislative bill.

An example of a measure is exercising to become more healthy.

An example of a measure is a decision to be made by the voters on a state ballot.

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The definition of a measure is the space, area, length or capacity of something, or the standard for finding these out.

An example of a measure is a yard being thirty six inches long.

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Measure is defined as finding out the length or capacity of something using a rule or standard, or to compare or judge.

An example of measure is using a ruler to find out the length of a piece of paper.

An example of measure is an athlete deciding whether or not a competitor is a good match or not.

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A procedure; course of action; step.

Take measures to stop him.

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Extent or degree.

The problem was in large measure caused by his carelessness.

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To be of a specific measurement.

The room measures 12 by 20 feet.

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An evaluation or a basis of comparison.
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To serve as a measure of.

The inch measures length.

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To allow of measurement.

White sugar measures more easily than brown.

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The extent, dimensions, capacity, etc. of anything, esp. as determined by a standard.
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The act or process of determining extent, dimensions, etc.; measurement.
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A system of measurement.

Dry measure, board measure.

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An instrument for measuring, or a container of standard capacity.

A quart measure.

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A definite quantity measured out or thought of as measured.
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An extent or degree not to be exceeded.

Remain within measure.

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Proportion, quantity, or degree.

In large measure.

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A legislative bill, resolution, etc. that is proposed or has been enacted.
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(archaic) A dance or dance movement, esp. if slow and stately.
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(old poet.) A melody or tune.
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(rare, geol.) Related beds or strata, as of coal.
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(music) The notes or rests, or both, contained between two vertical lines on the staff; bar.
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(printing) The width of a column or page.
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To find out or estimate the extent, dimensions, etc. of, esp. by the use of a standard.
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To get, take, set apart, or mark off by measuring.
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To estimate by comparison; judge; appraise.

To measure one's foe.

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To bring into comparison or rivalry: with against.

To measure one's skill against another's.

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To be a measure of.

A clock measures time.

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To adjust or proportion by or as by a standard.

To measure one's speech by the audience's reactions.

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To choose or weigh carefully (one's words or actions)
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(now rare) To go over or through; traverse as if measuring.
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To find out or estimate extent, dimensions, etc.; get or take measurements.
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To be of a specified dimension, quantity, etc. when measured.

A pole that measures ten feet.

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To allow of measurement.
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The quantity, size, weight, distance or capacity of a substance compared to a designated standard.
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An (unspecified) quantity or capacity.

A measure of salt.

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The dimensions or capacity of anything, reckoned according to some standard; size or extent, determined and stated.

The tailor took my measure for a coat.

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The act of measuring.

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A musical designation consisting of all notes and or rests delineated by two vertical bars; an equal and regular division of the whole of a composition.
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(music) The group or grouping of beats, caused by the regular recurrence of accented beats.
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(dancing) A regulated movement, especially in a slow and stately dance, corresponding to the time in which the accompanying music is performed.
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(poetry) The manner of ordering and combining the quantities, or long and short syllables; meter; rhythm; hence, a metrical foot.

A poem in iambic measure.

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A rule, ruler or measuring stick.
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A tactic, strategy or piece of legislation.

He took drastic measures to halt inflation.

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(mathematics) A function that assigns a non-negative number to a given set following the mathematical nature that is common among length, volume, probability and the like.
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(arithmetic, dated) A number which is contained in a given number a number of times without a remainder; a divisor.

The greatest common measure of two or more numbers.

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(geology) A bed or stratum.

Coal measures; lead measures.

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An indicator; something used to assess some property.

The average price of basic household goods is a measure for inflation. Honesty is the true measure of a man.

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(mathematics): positive measure, signed measure, complex measure, Borel measure, σ-finite measure, complete measure, Lebesgue measure.
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To ascertain the quantity of a unit of material via calculated comparison with respect to a standard.

We measured the temperature with a thermometer. You should measure the angle with a spirit level.

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To estimate the unit size of something.

I measure that at 10 centimetres.

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To judge, value, or appraise.
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To obtain or set apart; to mark in even increments.
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(rare) To traverse, cross, pass along; to travel over.
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To adjust by a rule or standard.
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To allot or distribute by measure; to set off or apart by measure; often with out or off.
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To consider or choose with care; weigh.

He measures his words with caution.

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(archaic) To travel over.
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To take a measurement.
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beyond measure
  • In excess.
  • Without limit.
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for good measure
  • In addition to the required amount.
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in a
  • To a degree:
    The new law was in a measure harmful.
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beyond measure
  • so much as not to be measurable; exceedingly; extremely
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for good measure
  • as a bonus or something extra
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in a measure
  • to some extent; somewhat
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made to measure
  • made to fit someone's own measurements; custom-made
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measure one's length
  • to fall, lie, or be thrown down at full length
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measure out
  • to give out or allot by measuring
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measure swords
  • to duel with swords
  • to fight or contend
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measure up
  • to prove to be competent, qualified, or suitable
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measure up to
  • to come up to; meet (expectations, a standard, etc.)
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take measures
  • to take action; do things to accomplish a purpose
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take someone's measure
  • to make an estimate or judgment of someone's ability, character, etc.
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tread a measure
  • to dance
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Origin of measure

  • Middle English from Old French mesure from Latin mēnsūra from mēnsus past participle of mētīrī to measure mē-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English mesure, from French mesure, from Latin mÄ“nsÅ«ra (“a measuring, rule, something to measure by"), from mÄ“nsus, past participle of mÄ“tÄ«rÄ« (“to measure, mete"). Displaced native Middle English mÇ£te, mete (“measure") (n.) (from Old English met (“measure"), compare Old English mitta (“a measure")), Middle English ameten, imeten (“to measure") (from Old English āmetan, Ä¡emetan "to mete, measure), Middle English hof, hoof (“measure, reason") (from Old Norse hōf (“measure, reason")), Old English mǣþ (“measure, degree").

    From Wiktionary